Event: launch of post Brexit & Trump report commissioned by MEP

The Brexit vote and the election of Trump have been hailed as marking the reversal of the long trend towards increased globalisation.

These changes possibly also mark the end of neoliberalism as the dominant ideology of our times. For opponents of what globalisation and neoliberalism have meant in practice these developments might be seen as welcome. Yet at the same time Brexit and Trump seem highly problematic for anyone concerned with social justice and ecological sustainability.

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A new report by Green House authors Victor Anderson and Rupert Read, commissioned by MEP Molly Scott Cato will be launched on Tuesday 28 March from 14.00 – 16.30 at Europe House in central London.

The report considers the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on trading practices and the opportunity to move to a less globalised and more localised economy. It emphasises that there are many different versions of Brexit, and aims to put a green version firmly on the political agenda.

Note: Panel discussion with Nick Dearden (Global Justice Now) and Helena Norberg-Hodge (Local Futures and International Alliance for Localisation of which Localise West Midlands is a member). Helena’s contribution will be by pre-recorded video due to prior commitments.

 

Register and get full details here.

 

 

 

Light relief, or too true to be funny?

Just came across this little story, told to me by our chair, Jon Morris, who was told it by a friend… it’s still as apt as it was!

“A bus, half full of bishops and half full of economists, is travelling along a winding road in some very high mountains.

Suddenly the driver misjudges, disaster strikes and the bus plunges off the road, and starts its long, thundering descent over the edge of the cliff.

The bishops are terrified. They are by turns panicking and praying desperately. Then they notice that the economists are sitting calmly in their seats.

“Why on earth are you so calm? We’re plunging to certain death at the bottom of this cliff!” the bishops say to the economists.

“Well, it’s obvious” say the economists, “there’s such a clear need for parachutes right now that surely the market will provide them”.”

It should of course really say “mainstream/neoliberal/free market economists”, but that might ruin the flow.

Karen Leach